Working as a model and actor, I’m constantly making sure that I am camera ready and stay in the best shape that I can. When you work in a visual career that is heavily relying on your health and looks, it becomes second nature to make better choices in your life, whether that is working out regularly or eating clean and organic. Both mom and I agree that we are both too vain to let ourselves go. My family is always joking about my will power when it comes to eating healthy. But the truth is when you change your lifestyle to avoid things that are no going to benefit you in any way, it really isn’t that difficult. Eating organic and healthy means that I feel better mentally and physically. I can absolutely recognize the difference when I eat something with processed and unnecessary sugar. I feel sick to my stomach and sluggish for several days after. Of course there is nothing wrong with having sweets and junk food in moderation, but when you live your life with an attitude of “Oh, one time won’t kill me” you set yourself up for a lifetime full of compromises and unhealthy choices that will eventually domino into even unhealthier choices.
The interesting thing is that when you eat clean for several weeks your body becomes accustomed to it so you will notice that things with added sugar are too sweet for your liking. You become very sensitive to how much processed sugar is in something. Your body also becomes accustomed to functioning on food that regulates at a steadier rate than processed sugar that leads to quick burst of energy and even faster crashes. Just like someone that is used to a lot of caffeine relies on that to give them energy. Eating clean is a way to encourage your body to run at a steady level. You’ll have so much more energy because you are putting in foods that your body recognizes and knows how to use.
What is eating clean?
When people say they are “eating clean” they simply mean that they have cut out anything that isn’t natural and has been processed as in junk food.
What is the difference in eating organic?
Organic, unlike eating clean is only cutting out processed foods. This does not mean cutting out sweets but cutting out any unnatural sweets. This is simply finding foods that do not have any unnecessary added ingredients, sugars and processed things in them. You can eat completely organic and still be eating unhealthy depending on the choices you make.
The best advice that I can give is to shop at stores that cater too eating both organic and clean. Places like Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and even certain sections in Kroger are great places to find great food that will benefit your body and health. The way I see it is, that if I am going to put in long and hard hours at the gym then I want to put food into my body that is going to make those workout count. Eating clean is the best way to maximize your workouts and continue to better your health. It makes it so much more difficult if you are crashing your diet and workouts by eating foods that your body doesn’t know how to process. By eating processed foods you would be surprised at the side effects they can have on you, even in your day to day life. Headaches, fatigue, acid reflux, diarrhea, nausea, and weight gain are all side effects of eating unnatural foods. It might be a little more difficult initially when you make the change, but it is so worth it.